Results

World Cup

Germany has won the World Cup 3 times, behind only Brazil (5) and Italy (4). It has finished as runners-up 4 times, 2 more than any other team. In terms of semi-final appearances, Germany leads with 11, one more than Brazil’s 10. Germany has also qualified for every of the 16 World Cups it has entered. It did not enter the first competition in Uruguay 1930 and was barred from entering the 1950 tournament after World War II.

Record
1930 – Did not enter
1934 – 3rd place
1938 – Round 1
1950 – Banned
1954 – CHAMPIONS
1958 – 4th place
1962 – Quarterfinals
1966 – Runners-up
1970 – 3rd place
1974 – CHAMPIONS
1978 – Round 2
1982 – Runners-up
1986 – Runners-up
1990 – CHAMPIONS
1994 – Quarterfinals
1998 – Quarterfinals
2002 – Runners-up
2006 – 3rd place

Notable Moments
Overall record at finals: Played 58, Won 37, Drawn 9, Lost 12.

Best performance: Winning the tournament in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

Most appearances at finals: Lothar Matthäus (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) – 25.

Most goals at finals: Gerd Müller (1970, 1974) – 14.

World Cup high: Winning the World Cup on home turf in 1974 with a 2-1 win in the final to beat Johan Cruyff’s Netherlands, who were famed for their ‘total football’ and widely acknowledged as one of the greatest sides in history.

World Cup low: Losing in the 1966 final to England after a contentious goal from Geoff Hurst that may or may not have crossed the line at Wembley, depending on your geographical location. It was the opinion of Azerbaijani linesman Tofik Bakhramov that counted, though.

World Cup legend: Franz Beckenbauer was perhaps the finest sweeper in football history. Der Kaiser captained Germany to glory in 1974, managed the team that won the 1990 tournament and, for good measure, helped bring the World Cup to German soil as the key figure in the 2006 bid team.

European Championship

Germany has also won the European Championship 3 times, with only France next (2). They also finished runners-up 3 times. The Germans have qualified for every European Championship tournament except for the very first one they entered in 1968.

Record
1960 – Did not enter
1964 – Did not enter
1968 – Did not qualify
1972 – CHAMPIONS
1976 – Runners-up
1980 – CHAMPIONS
1984 – Round 1
1988 – Semifinals
1992 – Runners-up
1996 – CHAMPIONS
2000 – Round 1
2004 – Round 1
2008 – Runners-up

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